Department of English & Comparative Literature
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dr. Jack an associate professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature. She specializes in women’s rhetorics, the rhetoric of science, scientific writing, disability and health rhetorics.
Her research focuses on how gendered rhetorics circulate in medical and scientific discourse. She is currently working on a book project entitled Gender and the Rhetoric of Autism, which traces how gender fills in where gaps exist in scientific knowledge or authority. The project examines rhetorics that link autism to mother-blaming, male brains, and gendered risks (such as prenatal exposures), and then considers how mothers, fathers, and autistic individuals (especially women) use gendered rhetorics to claim authority to speak and write about autism. She is also the author of Science on the Homefront: The Rhetoric of Women Scientists in World War II (University of Illinois, 2009). Her next major book project will focus on how fundamental popular claims about the brain emerged from the 1950s to the present, with a focus on discourses of neuroeducation, neuropolitics, neurohealth, and neurosexism.
She has also published articles in College English, The Quarterly Journal of Speech, Rhetoric Review, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, and Disability Studies Quarterly. At UNC, she teaches courses in science writing, writing in the health sciences, rhetorical theory, and the rhetoric of science and medicine, and is involved in the Medical Humanities program.